Graindelavoix: Urban Trance at De Brakke GrondConcerts / Amsterdam
25 April 2014, 8.30pm
Coinciding with 50 years of Moroccan migration, De Brakke Grond has partnered with the Belgian-based Regional Integration Centre Foyer in Molenbeek to invite the group Graindelavoix (Grain of the Voice) to present an evening full of Moroccan, Andalusian and Sufi-inspired music!
Graindelavoix is an art collective formed by Björn Schmelzer in 1999.
Considered a maverick in the world of classic and old-world music, the collective performs a variety of styles and genres that are underground, yet reflective and relevant to the modern era.
Invoking an intense research process, the material they work with includes Franco-Flemish polyphony, the art of lamenting, machiotage and other lost ornamentation styles and other higher conscious-inspiring traditions.
The group views musical performances as encompassing, advocating that gesticulation and body are integral parts of a larger "spiritual automata."
Performance at De Brakke Grond
For the Brakke Grond, Graindelavoix will focus on the concept of "Urban Trance," performing songs that incorporate bodily movement and sounds to mentally transport participants to an altered state.
Building on the North African tradition, there will also be a debate about the larger issue of multi-cultural society and identity.